Hibiscus is a portrait of a pair of real cats. The original was commissioned by a private client. The piece was done as a memorial to a friend of the client who passed away. The cats were his cats. The client told me that besides cats his friend had liked wine, good friends, and Hawaii.
I tried to work some of those things into the image. The yellow hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii. The mountains in the background are on Oahu. The open wine bottle completes the image.
Of course in reality the cats would probably be either eating the flower or looking out the window. That’s where artistic license comes into play.
The original drawing is done in Prismacolor colored pencils on 2-ply Bristol vellum.
Each Hibiscus print is hand signed and hand numbered out of a total run of 50. Once they are sold out, no more will be run.
The print comes mounted in a 11″ x 14″ archival mat with backing board. All of my prints are matted to standard frame sizes for ease of framing.
I cut my own mats. The mat colors may vary depending on what I have in stock but I always pick something that compliments the artwork. If you place an order and would like a specific mat color, send me a note and I will try to accommodate you. For Hibiscus I usually use a double mat, often with tan or rust inner border color and a dark red or brown outer color. A green mat would also work well on this print. Sometimes I use the same color for both the inner and outer mats. This creates a different but equally appealing look. The print itself is about 9″ x 7″, which leaves an approximate 2″ border on the sides and 2.5″ on the top and bottom.
Prints are protected by a clear plastic archival bag that guards against moisture and minor scratches. I recommend leaving the print inside the bag until it is transferred to a frame.
Note: The URL and copyright watermark are not part of the image.